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Cape police are investigating after a BB gun was used to vandalize portable classrooms behind Mariner High School. The damage was found Wednesday morning by a student. 

 

Police have arrested the alleged “Blue Bonnet Bandit” who they believe was responsible for several incidents of theft of baby formula at local Publix stores. 21 year old John Owens is facing several charges including grand theft. 

  

A drunk woman attempted to enter four homes in the Golden Gate Estates at 2am earlier this week in her pajamas, and when questioned by police, she said she was lost. At one point, witnesses say the suspect was topless. 38 year old April Conklin has been charged with disorderly intoxication. 

 

 

$38K Award Offered in Hunt for Dolphin Killer 

  • Florida wildlife officials are offering a reward for information that leads them to the person who stabbed a dolphin to death off the waters of Upper Captiva 
  • The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is offering $38,000 for help in solving the case, which came to light earlier this week when the NOAA revealed it had found the dolphin, an apparent victim of a spear through its head. Officials said the water mammal was likely in a “begging” position when it was killed. The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 prohibits harassing, harming, killing or feeding wild dolphins. 
  • The NOAA urges anyone with information to call its enforcement hotline at 800-853-1964. 

 

 

Jackson County, Florida Officer Accused Of Planting Drugs During More Than 100 Traffic Stops 

  • A Florida sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and charged with planting drugs during more than a hundred traffic stops. 
  • Prosecutors say Zachary Wester would “routinely” pull over motorists for minor violations, then arrest them on drug charges after planting illegal substances.  Jackson County officials have dropped charges in more than 120 cases as a result. 
  • One official said Wester’s actions “put innocent people in jail”.  He’s facing a long list of felony charges including racketeering, fabricating evidence, and possession of a controlled substance. 

 

 

 

Cutting Back This Many Calories Per Day Could Lower Heart Disease Risk 

  • If you’re looking to become more healthy it could be as easy as cutting back on the calories you intake daily.  
  • In a new study, over the course of two years, a group of 21-50 year-olds cut 25 percent of their diet while another group ate normally. The group that cut calories lost an average of 16 pounds, had lower blood pressure, lower cholesterol, lower risk of metabolic syndrome and improved insulin sensitivity. 
  • The best way to cut calories and improve health is to stop eating after dinner, skip non-essential food, like bread, soda or junk food.  
  • Stick to eating lean meat, vegetables, low-calorie foods, fiber-rich starch, and lean animal and plant protein. 

 

Tampa’s Hard Rock Hotel Unwraps Shiny New Toy: Elvis Presley’s 24-Karat Gold Piano 

  • Elvis Presley’s 24-karat gold piano is the newest addition at Tampa, Florida’s Hard Rock Hotel.  
  • The  W.W. Kimball grand piano was built in 1928 and was purchased by Elvis for his mother. Priscilla Presley had it covered with gold leaf for the couple’s first anniversary.  
  • After Elvis died a collector purchased it for $2 million then loaned it to the Country Music Hall of Fame. The Hard Rock purchased it in 2015 for an estimated $610,000. 
  • According to Hard Rock officials, a super A-list performer is scheduled to play the piano for its debut on Thursday night (July 11th) Bruno Mars, Bruce Springsteen, and Elton John have all been guesses, however, the hotel declined to comment. 

 

 

Couple Caught With Whiskey, Rattlesnake, Uranium In Stolen Car 

  • Officers in Oklahoma were left scratching their heads after arresting a couple driving a stolen car with some bizarre contraband inside. 
  • Officers arrested Stephen Jennings and Rachael Rivera after finding an open bottle of whiskey, a pet rattlesnake, a handgun, and oh yeah – a canister of radioactive uranium.   
  • Officers say they have no idea what the couple had planned and had to call in experts to handle the uranium.   
  • Together, they face charges including auto theft, open liquor, driving with a suspended license, and possession of a firearm as a convicted felon.  However, no charges were filed in connection with the pet rattlesnake.